Lafon Rochet Saint Estephe 2013
Chateau Lafon Rochet is a vineyard of 45 hectares with 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot vines, which are planted at 9,200 vines per hectare. The Grand Vin Chateau Lafon Rochet has an annual production averaging 11,000. There is a second wine, called Pelerins de Lafon Rochet.
This property sits on the border of Pauillac down the street (so to speak) from Cos d’Estournel. The final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, made with help from consulting oenologist Jean-Claude Berrouet. He retired from the Moueix empire in Libourne several years ago and his son is now running things at Chateau Petrus. The wine shows the softness of 2013, with no vegetal characteristics or astringency. It has a relatively superficial, but charming, fruitiness that is medium-bodied with a pleasant finish.
The 2013 Lafon Rochet has a light but fresh blackberry and briary-scented bouquet with just a touch of tobacco.